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Allen Named PSU Defensive Player of the Year

Safety Marcus Allen named Penn State's Defensive Player of the Year by Nittany Lion fans.

Junior safety Marcus Allen has been named as Penn State's Defensive Player of the Year by Nittany Lion fans. Allen leads the Nittany Lions with 102 tackles, including six tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. His outstanding play in run support was critical when Penn State lost all three of its starting linebackers early in the season. In an overtime win vs. Minnesota, he had an incredible 22 tackles. 

Allen was also involved in two of the biggest plays of the year for the Nittany Lions. His blocked field goal in the fourth-quarter against No. 2 Ohio State led to DB Grant Haley 60-yard return for the game-winning TD. That play was also named the 2016 Play of the Year by PSU fans.

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Allen also teamed with Haley to stuff Wisconsin RB Corey Clement on fourth-and-1 in what became the clinching play of the Big Ten title game, giving PSU its fourth conference football championship.

Allen received 57 percent of the fan vote, beating out linebacker Brandon Bell and defensive end Garrett Sickels for the honor.


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